Ruth Davidson is the Scottish Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central and Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Davidson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, where she represented Glasgow.
Before entering politics Ruth worked in journalism for ten years, first in newspapers, before moving to radio and television. The majority of her time was spent at the BBC working in news and current affairs as a presenter, reporter and documentary maker.
Following the resignation of predecessor Annabel Goldie, Ruth was elected leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party in November 2011. In 2014 she played a prominent role in Better Together, the cross-party campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.
In May last year, Davidson was re-elected to Holyrood as the constituency MSP for Edinburgh Central and now leads the Opposition party in the Scottish Parliament. At June’s General Election, the Scottish Conservatives returned 13 MPs. An increase of 12 and the party’s best result since 1983.
Ruth is engaged to her partner, Jen, and they live in Edinburgh with their cocker spaniel, Wilson.